Liverpool legend Alan Hansen looks unrecognisable in rare sighting during holiday in Barbados – nine years after quitting Match of the Day and stepping out of the public eye

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  • A ex-Liverpool defender was spotted enjoying a Caribbean holiday in Barbados 
  • The great was central to their success in the 1980s and later became a pundit
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A Liverpool legend has been spotted with an unrecognisable new look while on holiday in Barbados, nearly a decade on from stepping out of the public eye. 

The former Reds defender was seen on holiday at the luxury Sandy Lane Hotel on the Caribbean island.    

He had spent 14 years at Liverpool and was a stalwart of their defence during a dominant period for the club during the 1980s.


His career at Anfield saw the club earn eight league titles, as well as lifting the European Cup on three occasions.

The Liverpool legend was spotted on holiday in the Caribbean on a luxury resort in Barbados

The Liverpool legend was spotted on holiday in the Caribbean on a luxury resort in Barbados

He had a stellar playing career
And then became a renowned pundit

He had a stellar playing career and then became a respected pundit on television

The defender also helped the Reds win the FA Cup in 1986 and 1989, as well as winning four consecutive League Cups from 1981-84.

His performances in the triumphs led him being named in the PFA Team of the Year six times.

The former Scotland international, who began his career at Partick Thistle, hung up his boots in 1991.

Following the end of his playing career, he snubbed management offers and instead embarked on a 22-year punditry career.

The legendary pundit was best known for his infamous ‘You can’t win anything with kids’ declaration about Manchester United’s team in 1995, only for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to go on to win the title.

The former Liverpool star and BBC punditry legend is of course, Alan Hansen.

Hansen, now 68, had been a stalwart of Match of the Day from 1992 to 2014 serving as the lead pundit on the iconic BBC football highlights programme.

Hansen worked on Match of the Day for more than two decades, offering his opinions

Hansen worked on Match of the Day for more than two decades, offering his opinions

Alan Hansen, right, had been a crucial part of the Liverpool side which dominated in the 1980s

Alan Hansen, right, had been a crucial part of the Liverpool side which dominated in the 1980s

Hansen enjoyed a legendary punditry career before retiring from the role back in 2014

Hansen enjoyed a legendary punditry career before retiring from the role back in 2014

He decided to retire at the end of his contract in 2014, with his final match as a pundit coming as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the FIFA World Cup.

Hansen revealed in a 2016 interview with Jamie Redknapp that nerves had contributed to the decision to call time on his punditry career. 

‘After 22 years I kept on telling myself I wouldn’t get so nervous, but it got worse. That was one of the reasons I left,’ Hansen said.

‘I was getting more nervous and I’d say: ‘What are you doing?’ The BBC were terrific, I loved the people and Match of the Day but I didn’t enjoy the nerves.’

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